Vegan Parenting Interview

I was interviewed by Sarah about vegan parenting at her blog Stuff About Stuff.

The post includes one of Alice's favourite recipes - check it out!

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Weekly Wrap: Links and Photos

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Not on the animal-friendly wagon yet? Go vegan for the month of March! (It's never too late to start, even if you missed the competition entry!) It's easier than you think, I promise. And then try April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February... and next March and beyond! I'm celebrating my 6 year Veganniversary this March! Huzzah!

Asian soy intake: It's higher than you think, and includes mostly non-fermented foods: from the Vegan RD blog. Soy is not the enemy!

More good soy news from Jack Norris RD:

A study from the USA was released Feb 25 showing that consuming up to 1/2 serving of soyfoods per day did not increase breast cancer recurrence among women previously diagnosed with breast cancer, and was even associated with lower mortality among such women.

According to CNN, gluten-free = sexy!!

At CNN: Vegan on the silver screen: the health benefits of veganism. About the independent

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The Malicious Cup

Yesterday the Melbourne Cup was held in Australia, as part of the Spring Racing Carnival. During this time, women stick dead birds in their hair, calling it fashionable and attractive, and everyone sits on their lazy asses to watch horses get flogged around a race track. Sound pleasant? A little bit of light-hearted fun?

If you open your eyes and look beyond the fluff presented on your idiotbox, you'll see that it's far from a "bit of fun." Having seen the trauma racing inflicts on horses first-hand when I was growing up, I know even the most well cared for horses suffer when they're forced into racing... Never mind the drugging that goes on behind the scenes. When there's money to be made off animals, exploitation and abuse isn't far behind.

This article from Animals Australia covers a heck of a lot:

Horse racing - the glitz, the glamour, the grim reality.

The Melbourne Cup: a celebration? Think again. The

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environment, media

Tiny vegan footprints

environment, media

A quick, to-the-point article turned up on MSN Singapore News recently about the environmental benefits of veg diets.

Going veggie can slash your carbon footprint: study Giving up meat could drastically reduce your carbon footprint, with meat-eaters' diets responsible for almost twice the emissions of those of vegetarians, a German study said on Tuesday. A diet with meat is responsible for producing in a year the same amount of greenhouse gases as driving a mid-sized car 4,758 kilometres (2,956 miles), the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOeW) said. But the food a vegetarian consumes in 12 months is responsible for generating the same emissions as driving 2,427 kilometres, the IOeW said in a study commissioned by independent consumer protection group Foodwatch. The calculations are based on emissions of greenhouse gases, including methane produced by the animals themselves, as well as emissions from food production including manufacturing feed and fertiliser and the use of farmland. Going vegan --
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An ethical wardrobe: it's so hot right now

The UK media, from what I've seen, seems to be reasonably vegan-friendly. From pro-animal rights articles to health, they aren't quite so afraid as certain other western nations of throwing the v-word around. coughAustraliacough coughUnitedStatescoughcough*

The Guardian has been doing a series called The Ethical Wardrobe in their Life & Style section that's worth checking out. Recent articles include info about leather and silk.

Don't hide from the truth Many ethical consumers excuse their leather purchases on the grounds that skins are simply a byproduct of the meat industry. The reality is not so simple, as Kate Carter reveals

& More on vegan-friendly weddings!

A whiter-than-white wedding Wedding dressing can include a catalogue of ethical no-nos, from low-paid seamstresses to tortured silkworms - not to mention the sheer waste involved. Kate Carter explains how to keep a clear conscience on your big day

Thanks to Andrew Bartlett for pointing this out in his recent blog

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films, media

Killing for cars

films, media
In the near future, gas prices are at an astronomical high. One man is determined to find an alternate fuel source. That alternate fuel source turns out to be blood... HUMAN BLOOD.

I was looking at biodiesel information and conversion kits on the web a few days ago, and this morning the Secret Society of Vegans blog brought a fascinating (and wonderfully trashy) film to my attention that's also about the search for alternative fuel sources: Blood Car! Set in a dystopian future, the vegan protagonist discovers that spilling bit of human blood goes a lot further than oil. An interesting comedy/satire piece to keep an eye out for...!

Film synopsis, from IMDb:

In the near future, gas is an astronomical $40.00 a gallon, and Archie Andrews (Mike Brune) has definitely had enough. Archie, a nerdy schoolteacher and vegan with a thing for wheatgrass, is determined to find an alternative energy source for his car. While experimenting, Archie
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